Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Revel: we get election day off, which is good because I got a ridiculous amount of crap dumped on me for the remainder of the week.
    Rant: total time spent standing in line and voting at Oyster Elementary is about an hour and 15 minutes. I don’t remember it being this bad in 2012.
    Rant: getting formally observed tomorrow in math. That’s the subject I’m the least confident teaching. Bah.

  • Rave: I voted!
    Double Rave: For a woman!!
    No rants today, yet….


  • Rave: Had the incredible opportunity to vote for our first woman president, and to vote against hate and bigotry.
    Rave: Had ZERO wait at my polling location at 7:40 this morning!
    Rant: Very, very, very nervous about what the news will look like tomorrow, no matter which way the election goes.

  • skj84

    Rave: I voted! In line at 7:15am out 8:05am.
    Rant: Wasn’t very nervous last night, but now I am.

  • Rave:Had a good time at Tweed Ride this past weekend. Lots of fancily dressed people. It’s a great time, and I like that it’s a great mix of everyone/every type of person. Especially like going through the busy spots of the city with people eating outside, and you can see on their faces “WTF is this?!?!”. Also, I found it funny that people wanted to take my picture (the handlebar mustache wasn’t just for the ride, it’s an everyday thing)

    Rave:This coming weekend is another cyclocross race. Had a good time at DCCX, and am getting more comfortable with the whole racing thing.

  • I have a story to tell you. Draw from it what conclusions you will on an important day.
    I was waiting for the bus a few months ago, and struck up a conversation with a very old man. He’s from Tennessee. He is not well off, and he likes to play the piano, so he’s figured out all the churches along 16th street that do free breakfasts for seniors and have a piano that they’ll let him play.
    He told me that before he moved to DC, he’d never been friends with a black person, but now most of his friends were black, because that’s who he meets at the churches. He said he has a “special friend”, a black lady who’s ten years younger. He said this with a suggestive eyebrow-waggle. (Cute, though, not creepy.) And then he said, unprompted and with somewhat cheerfully, “It doesn’t matter that she’s black, because our parents are all dead.”

  • Rave: Can check off getting my flu shot & getting my daughter her flu shot.
    Rave: Despite being nervous, she was super brave and very excited to get her dum-dum lollipop and stickers.
    Rant: Poor kid seems to have another cold. Or perhaps the old one never fully went away? Ugh.
    Rave: Both kids slept a little later today than yesterday. And we pulled off slightly early bedtimes, too! We’re making headway on adjusting to the time change πŸ™‚
    Rant: Just heard from my friend’s husband. She is not doing well–no longer seems to hear or respond to questions. I just hope she isn’t in pain.

    • I am so so sorry about your friend. I hope she’s not in pain and is getting good care.

      • Thank you. I’m certain that she’s getting as good care as possible. And I trust that she’s in as little pain as possible, but I don’t know what that bar is. Damn cancer. This woman is truly incredible–amazing boss, mentor, and friend, and she had already been through and beaten so much else in her life (previous cancer, had a pacemaker, etc). Trying to cherish my memories and what I’ve learned from her but still just feeling so damn sad. Ugh.

  • maxwell smart

    RAVE: SUPER glad I early voted Friday – it made for a good excuse to leave work early and then go to HH to celebrate. Lines looked super long this morning – the line for the AME church on M went all the way down past L street!

  • Rant: Election nerves made it difficult to sleep, and I just want to eat all the Halloween candy to take the edge off.
    Rave: Worked out for the first time since breaking my foot in September. Lunges felt so weird, but I’ll get there eventually. Especially since I’m eating all the candy.

  • RAVE: saw the massive line at my polling station this AM and once again I’m glad I vote by mail. I <3 no-fault absentee mail voting.
    RANT: absurd that some states *cough*NY*cough* still require a "valid excuse, subject to penalty of perjury" for voting via mail.
    RAVE: hedged my portfolio very cheaply yesterday, after put options plunged by 45% in value. Not taking any chances with election surprises. I think the bigger risk is the GOP plunging the country into a constitutional crisis (blockading the SC, arranging impeachment charges ahead of Inaugeration, etc). Lots of volatility ahead, IMHO

    • Not consenting to a particular nominee for SCOTUS isn’t a constitutional crisis. It may be inconvenient for some cases or some preferred outcomes, but it isn’t constitutionally problematic. In its history, the Court has had–by design–five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten justices. Not once has it imploded.

      • IMO,. it’s a real problem if one party thinks it can block the other party’s nomination for SCOTUS for FOUR WHOLE YEARS. The idea of doing it for 9-12 months was bad enough, but come on, an entire presidential term?? People need to stop being sore losers and let the process go through.

        • binntp

          +1. Not only that, what are they going to do if Hil is reelected? And if her successor is also a Democrat? Hopefully at least there’s a chance the majority party will flip in the interim…

        • It seems unlikely to me that they’ll succeed in blocking for that long. But even if they do–it’s a political problem (and one that can be fixed at the polls), not a constitutional problem.

  • Rave: Woke up feeling slightly more hopeful that the world isn’t going to complete crap.
    Rant: Went to bed way too late…
    Rave: Because my cousin and I were just hanging out laughing at an SNL rerun and other silly stuff. Laughter helps.
    Rant: Lined my eyes but somehow forgot to put mascara on. That NEVER happens! Ugh! No wonder people asked me if I’m ok – I look like a zombie! (and feel like one, I’m so terribly tired!)

    • I hate how much more makeup it takes to make me look presentable now than it used to. I went WEEKS at a time without a dab of makeup in my 20s. Now if I go to the grocery store without at least a little mascara I feel like the world’s biggest schlub.

      • haha – my eyelashes are really light, so you can’t actually see that I have any unless I’m wearing mascara! I feel like I look like a zombie raccoon right now.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I want to get my eyeliner tattooed on, but fear I may look weird if I forget mascara b/c I have light eyelashes. But then the thought of never having to do eyeliner again seems totally worth it.

          • Apparently you can get your eyelashes tinted, so you could permanently have your eyes made up. I’m cold to the idea except for in the mornings when I’m wasting time putting my makeup on.

        • whenever this happens to me I make an emergency trip to CVS ASAP! I cant stand it!

    • The other night I only lined one eye. Thank goodness I noticed before I left the house.
      I feel you though, I feel so naked without mascara.

  • Love this house. They switched form Halloween decorations to election decorations really quickly!

    • They must have a storage unit filled with lawn decor. The amount of stuff they put out is truly astounding.
      I think their Election decor is very similar to their 4th of July decor πŸ˜‰

      • Ha on the July 4th vs. Election decor. I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t made that connection (lacking a bit of sleep over here).

        But I’m with you on wondering where the heck they store all this stuff! Maybe you’re on to something (U St storage spot is pretty convenient!).

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I feel like I need to go pet a dog and/or play with one.
    Has PoP ever had a secret santa? Anyone interested in such an idea?

  • Rave: Women! Latinos! Latinas! Voting for a women for president and knowing that latinos are coming out in record numbers to support her!
    Rave: Waterproof mascara, because it’s 10am and I’ve already cried three times today.
    Rant: This election forcing me to purposefully distance myself from some family members.

    • I love your first rave πŸ™‚ I can relate to your rant. I’ve lost a lot of respect for certain people, and I feel like that’s only going to change if they issue a mea culpa.

    • I also have been in tears all day. Super RAVE!

  • Rave: Voted! For a woman to lead our country!

    Rant: When people I work with play stupid and refuse to accept any kind of responsibility for situations, instead throwing other co-workers under the bus when it is zero percent their fault. If I were the head of the office/the secretary who did that yesterday, I would feel ashamed of myself and embarrassed for not knowing something that is basic knowledge in my field.

    Rave/Rant: I have a job interview tomorrow for a position that would be a step up from what I am currently doing, which is exciting. However, I’ve heard bad things about the firm and the position from a number of friends/co-workers and I don’t know if that’s a job I want to take. But I’m going anyway, because it can’t hurt to gather information.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: My Alt-Right Facebook fan who reassured everyone this morning that if somehow Hillary is elected, the House would immediately start impeachment hearings to impeach her before she takes office. Huh?
    Rave: It’s so telling that hardly any of her 3400 β€œfriends” ever replies to her posts. I suspect most long ago blocked her posts.
    Rant: My polling place moved and now according to Google, is a 17-minute walk from here. What is this, pioneer days?

    • If only people understood what are impeachable offenses.

      • The problem, though, that an impeachable offense is whatever a simple majority of the House of Representatives says it is. So it doesn’t matter what an actual impeachable offense is, just what 217 GOP wingnuts vote. I have a less than healthy confidence in their opinions on this matter.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      It’s still at Ellington/Meyers at 2501 11th St. The early voting place was in Columbia Heights rec center.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: had such a good hair day yesterday, so of course today my hair is a disaster.
    Rave: Voting after work.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: I voted!
    Rave: And it’s Founder’s Day at my Seven Sisters college.

    • Quotia Zelda

      And a Rant: My slip is slightly too long for this dress, which I didn’t notice until I was already on my way to work. It will be bugging me all day as I readjust and readjust.

  • Rave: voted for a woman to be President!
    Rave: finished Good Girls Revolt last night and it felt like perfect timing. My mother couldn’t get a credit card or a mortgage until she married my dad and she was the older, more educated one. So many women were trapped in situations they didn’t want to be in and I feel so immensely lucky to be alive right now. Life would have been very challenging as a thirty-something single woman in 1970.
    Rave: bought a new jacket and pants at the thrift store last night and helped another woman find the suit section. Pantsuit Nation unite!
    Rant: still nervous

    • My mom cancelled a credit card after she got married because the company automatically shifted it to my dad’s name after they got married. Ridiculous.

    • Yes, my mom keeps telling me to watch this so I understand what her generation faced and how things have improved. From what I understand, it shows Eleanor Holmes Norton’s efforts in representing women in an employment discrimination lawsuit, so even more relevant.

  • Rave: I don’t have a pantsuit, but I’m wearing purple, white, and gold in honor of all the suffragettes who advocated so I have the right to vote.
    Rave: I took Baby Artie with me to the polls this morning. And I cried as I submitted my ballot. My son was born under the second term of our first black president. May he enter pre-k under the presidency of our first female president.
    Rave: I’m feeling more optimistic this morning than I was yesterday. Thank you, pantsuit nation.
    Rave: Last minute visit from my friend last night who stopped by and had Thai food with us.

  • Question: thoughts on if I’ll be able to drive to and from 14th and V/W tonight? On election night 2008 there were cars stuck on U st b/c of the crowds…

  • topscallop

    Rave: I’m so glad I voted early.
    Rave: Planning to get in on some free stuff/deals today with my “I voted” sticker
    Revel: Feeling optimistic about the election outcome for our country and our world
    Rave: short week and fun plans for the next couple of weekends. And then it’s the best holiday ever! Here’s hoping we have much to be thankful for. I predict many a “mazel tov cocktail” will be imbibed.

  • Rave: After late night conversation about w/girlfriend who has impressive (if depressiong) firsthand experience with late night vote counts, I checked the final polling numbers for Busk/Gore and Bush/Kerry to see if they had actually “blown” polling leads on election day or if the optimism I felt in 2000 and 2004 was misdirected and the polls were actually more or less right. Turns out that, although Gore overperformed his numbers, in both cases, the polls pointed to a Republican win. Therefore, ipso facto, QED, the polls always right and will be right right today and Hillary will win. Probably.

  • Rave: Voting with my newly-sworn in as a citizen wife while 6 months pregnant with a little girl for the first female president = so many tears. It was beautiful.
    Rave: We had awesome timing to get to the polling place so we only had to wait a few minutes… and the line was out the door by the time we left.
    Rant: I really wanted to wear a pant suit this morning but none of mine would zip up. White blouse and leggings had to do.
    Rave: As odd as it sounds, goat cheese on a cranberry muffin may be the greatest thing I’ve eaten in a long time.

  • Rave: After a mishap during early voting because I forgot my proof-of-residence, I voted today! It only took 30 minutes and was actually much faster than the early voting line. I’m getting an absentee ballot next time though.
    Rant: I’ve been sick going on 2 weeks, can’t shake this congestion.
    Rant/rave: Going on a big trip to the UK next week, but it feels like I have so much to do before then, and I’m doing it all while being sick!

  • Blithe

    Rave-ish: I’ve been feeling extremely anxious about this election — and the possible fallout. Last night someone directed me to the Politics and Polls podcast, and I’m feeling much more hopeful about the outcome of the actual election, even though I”m still quite worried about fallout on multiple levels.
    Rave: USA made Frye boots are on sale.
    Rave: While I waiting in line to vote, I chatted with a fellow graduate of Wilson HS — from Warren Buffet’s class. It was a nice reminder that sometimes I have important things in common with people who’s lives are very different from my own.
    Rave-lol: While standing in line to vote I noticed that I had on a blue and white shirt and red shoes. USA! USA! lol

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